Roland Buys 70% of Headphone & Audio Device Maker V-MODA

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
(L to R): V-MODA’s Val Kolton and Roland’s Jun-ichi Miki at Roland Worldwide Headquarters

(L to R): V-MODA’s Val Kolton & Roland’s Jun-ichi Miki at Roland Worldwide HQ

Roland has announced the acquisition of majority stake in V-MODA, the maker of high-fidelity headphones and audio devices.

Jun-ichi Miki, CEO of Roland, says, “We’re pleased V-MODA has joined the Roland family of brands. V-MODA revolutionized headphones and has pushed the envelope of personalization. Their Milano design, material research and professional DJ roots, along with their loyal customers, are incredible assets for Roland. It’s an exciting time for both companies, and we are eager for the talent at V-MODA and Roland to collaborate. This new team and the audience that the products are going to attract will definitely inspire the future of music.”


NAMM 2016 Global Report Now Available

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

NAMM 2016 reportNAMM has released its 2016 Global Report, which is available for free online to all NAMM members and to purchase to non-members.

NAMM says its members continually cite information and statistics, as well as education and training, as the primary reasons for belonging to the association. In keeping with NAMM’s mission to strengthen the music products industry, it says members can use the comprehensive 2016 NAMM Global Report to discern industry trends and spot new opportunities. The 2016 Global Report reveals retail sales figures, unit sales information, analysis, and import/export numbers for musical instruments and products.


Roland & Virtual Sonics Announce Joint Venture

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Roland Corporation and Seattle-based Virtual Sonics have announced a joint venture called Roland Virtual Sonics, which will be a software, services, and media solutions provider.

Roland Virtual Sonics co-directors and brothers Jeremy and Julian Soule say in a statement that “they felt constrained by the modern music creation and production landscape. The lack of fidelity in virtual instruments, the challenges musicians faced on the path to becoming professionals, and the less-than-modern collaborative community all made one thing clear: there was a huge opportunity to create an ecosystem that would benefit all musicians.”


Randy Bachman’s Collection of Gretsch Guitars Goes on Display at Country Music Hall of Fame

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Bachman-Gretsch Collection ExhibitA historical collection of vintage, rare, and one-of-a-kind Gretsch guitars is now on display at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. The new exhibit, American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection, features 75 of the more than 300 Gretsch guitars amassed by Canadian musician Randy Bachman of The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive fame. It is the largest collection of guitars ever displayed at the museum and marks the first time the public has seen a part of Bachman’s extensive Gretsch collection, considered the largest in the world. The Gretsch Foundation, the charitable arm of the Gretsch family, purchased the collection in 2008.


Wilcox Guitars Says Prices To Drop After Streamlining Manufacturing Process

Friday, January 15th, 2016
Chris Willcox

Chris Willcox

Willcox Guitars says it has recently streamlined the manufacturing process at its facility, allowing the company to offer lower pricing on its Atlantis guitars and Saber basses.


Demand for Personalized Sound Presses Boutique Pedal Market Forward

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

NS16 PedalsAccording to NAMM, demand for customized, unique sound is driving fretted products and effects sales to a seven-year high, while fueling a new wave of boutique pedal builders. Over the last decade, the retail value of the effects pedal category has increased more than 45 per cent, with a 13.7 per cent gain in 2014.